What is Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) and how to register DSC on DGFT?

DGFT has made it mandatory to use Digital Signature Certificates (DSC) with required documents on its website. Here’s a guide on DSC registration process on DGFT.
DGFT digital signature
Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) is the digital equivalent of physical or paper certificate. This type of certificate is being adopted by various government institutions and industries like manufacturing, healthcare and financial services, among others, making it a statutory requirement in various applications. Using this certificate, you can prove your identity to access information and services on the internet or to sign certain documents digitally.

What is a Digital Signature Certificate (DSC)?

Issued by the Certificate Authority (CA), this document contains the public key for a digital signature and mentions all the identities associated with the key including the name of the organization. It also provides you with high level of security for your online transactions, ensuring that you have the privacy of information exchanged using a Digital Signature Certificate1.

Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) for DGFT

Organizations can prevent themselves from fraudulent activities by filing bills of entry using a Digital Signature Certificate. A Class 3 Digital Signature Certificate is essential for any organization seeking an import or export license, registered in the name of one representatives of the business. These applications are submitted by their representative or by signatory authority on behalf of their respective organizations. Every Export-Import (EXIM) organization and business must have a Digital Signature Certificate for transactions related to the DGFT website like IEC and other benefits. The DGFT portal recognizes the registered DSCs, thus, making all the documents signed using a DSC similar to that of the physically signed papers2.

Documents required for obtaining Digital Signature Certificate for DGFT

• Aadhar card
• Address proof
• Photo
• Copy of IEC
• Copy of business registration certificate
• Bank statement of last three months
• Copy of Partnership deed containing list of Partners/Authorization Letter (in case of partnership firm)
• Copy of organization incorporation certificate

How to register Digital Certificate Signature on DGFT?

1. Visit the DGFT website and login using your credentials.
2. On the main menu, click on My Dashboard and then, go to View and Register Digital Signature Token.
3. Read the information section on the page and install required drivers from USB token and eMudhra utility from eMudhra website as a one-time setup.
4. Click on Register New DSC button and the Digital signature window will open in a pop-up.
5. Select provider list, certificate list and enter ertificate password. Click on the Register button.
6. The system will authenticate the token based on the details available. Registered details will be displayed.

Importance and uses of Digital Signature Certificate (DSC) in DGFT

• DSC is used in import-export transactions on the DGFT website.
• A Digital Signature Certificate authenticates your identity electronically.
• It provides high level of transaction security, giving you privacy of information exchanged using the certificate.
• You can use DSC to encrypt information that only the recipient can read.
• You can digitally sign information to assure the recipient and also can verify your identity as the sender of the message.
• DSC is also used for web forms, e-taxing, e-tendering documents, filing income tax returns and getting access to a few membership-based websites.

DGFT also offers various certificates like IEC and other licenses that are important for MSMEs interested to export from India. Obtaining these export documents and meeting the required regulations is one of the first steps in the export process. Today, with growing internet penetration and technological advancements, many Indian sellers and exporters are opting to sell internationally using e-commerce exports program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need Digital Signature Certificate for DGFT?
DSC authenticates your identity electronically and provides you with security to carry out online transactions with privacy of information exchanged using this certificate.
Which digital signature is required for IEC code for organisation?
Class 3 DSC is needed if you want to obtain an Import or Export License in India.
Can we apply for IEC without DSC?
Digital Signature for submitting online applications of IEC or amendments in IEC will not be required. IEC will be auto-generated on successful submission of application with fees and documents and the allotment of IEC will be sent through mail or SMS.
What is the function of the organization DSC?
Organization DSC is issued to authorize signatory of any organization. Class 3 DSC is the most secure certificate with signature and encryption certificate.
Can Class 3 DSC be used by organisation for DGFT?
Yes, Class 3 DSC can be used for DGFT.
Published on May 17, 2022.


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